Vincent Aboubakar scored a late winner as Cameroon came from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 and claim the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday night.
There have been several individuals who stood out over the course of the tournament.
Here’s a look at five players who excelled in this year’s competition.
FABRICE ONDOA – CAMEROON
There’s no doubt that Ondoa will be much sought after this summer. The goalkeeper is currently on loan to Sevilla B from Gimnastic and at just 21, now has a major international trophy under his belt.
He conceded only thrice in the tournament while his best moment came during the penalty shootout against Senegal in the quarter-finals where he denied Liverpool’s Sadio Mane to secure a semi-final berth.
Ondoa was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
AHMED HEGAZY – EGYPT
Before the final against Cameroon, Egypt had conceded just one goal in the tournament and centre-bacl Ahmed Hegazy was a big part of that.
The Al Ahly defender was rock solid in defence. He barely committed any fouls with his surgical style of defending.
The 26-year-old was named in the Team of the Tournament.
CHRISTIAN BASSOGOG – CAMEROON
The lightning quick forward terrorised defenders from the right flank throughout the tournament. His goal against Ghana on the break showed off his immense pace along with a deft finish at the end of his searing run.
The 21-year-old currently plies his trade at Danish club Aalborg BK and will have no shortage of suitors this summer.
Bassogog was named Player of the Tournament.
MOHAMED SALAH – EGYPT
The AS Roma winger was his usual influential self for Egypt. He was integral to his side’s run all the way to the final.
He scored two goals and popped up with two assists as well over the course of the competition. His strike against Burkina Faso in particular will live long in the memory.
The 24-year-old was named in the Team of the Tournament.
BERTRAND TRAORE – BURKINA FASO
Despite having his penalty saved in the shootout that denied Burkina Faso a place in the final, Traore remains one of the best performers in the tournament.
The 21-year-old was a live wire from the flanks and created numerous chances. The forward who is currently at Ajax on loan from Chelsea, scored against Guinea-Bissau to win Group A.
Traore was named in the Team of the Tournament.
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